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(Previously known as the Appropriate Technology Course)

July  3rd - 14th, 2023

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This event has multiple purposes:
  • collaboration, experimentation and innovation to move permaculture technology forward
  • experiences for people new to permaculture technology
  • building homesteading skills

  • Our Jamboree Format:
    Attendees can wander among all TWELVE of the tracks and participate or observe as much or as little as they like. The instructors will see a project to completion either with or without help.

    Twelve Tracks of Permaculture Technology

    Below are the 12 tracks we had for 2022's Permaculture Technology Jamboree. Since we are in Early Bird stage of planning, we do not have the details hammered out for what each track will be for 2023. And you get a discount for buying tickets while we finish sorting out the details! Below is the rough otuline of the event we have planned so far:

  • Building a Rocket Hot Tub
  • See design thread HERE
  • Building a 8" Rocket Engine and Adding a Kiln
  • Building a Rocket Oven in an Outdoor Kitchen
  • Building a Rocket that Generates Electricity

  • TRACK TWO – Natural Building:
  • Build Cob Sinks and Showers
  • Create Homegrown Mushroom Mycelium Panels
  • See design thread HERE
  • Install a Yurt - Complete with Platform!
  • Make Homemade Cement from Wood Ash
  • Make Natural Plasters & Paint
  • Create Sheep Wool Insulation
  • Make Felted Walls for Insulating a Space

  • Preserve a Million Calories
  • Store food for winter without electricity (6 ways)
  • Stock a root cellar for 20 people for the year
  • Make Pottery from Clay Harvest on Site
  • Build a Hugel and Plant it!

  • Build a Robust Apothecary
  • Make a Tincture
  • Create Salves
  • Dry and Store Teas

  • Build a Log Picnic Table & Bench
  • Build Log Bunk Beds
  • Build a Skiddable Bodger Shed
  • Build a Shaving Horse
  • Build a Three Log Bench
  • & More!

  • Make Window Quilts
  • Create a Spinning Wheel from Used Bike Parts
  • Make a Pine Needle Basket
  • The Big Shade Project
  • Weaving a Rug or Blanket
  • & More!

  • Add Permanent Solar to a Tiny House
  • Electric Tractor Hayride Tour
  • Heating Water with the Sun without Needing Winterizing
  • Pedal Powered Devices
  • Install a Heliostat
  • Fire Up a Solar Glass Recycler
  • & More!

  • Install a Passive Garden Heater
  • Build a Holzer Root Cellar in a Day
  • Natural swimming pool

  • A track dedicated to the "Skills to Inherit Property" program
  • Knock out a bunch of BBs with the help of PEP1 certified instructors
  • Build a Basic Birdhouse
  • Create Wood Burned Sign
  • Build Kindling Crackers
  • Create a Tool Handle
  • & More!

  • Make Seed Balls
  • Plant a Living Fence
  • Build a Nice Birdhouse
  • Foraging
  • Make Twine
  • Bake Bread in a Rocket Oven
  • Make wax Cloths / Lunch Kit / Jar cover
  • Create Public Art
  • & More!

  • Build a Drystack Moongate
  • Create Drystack Stairs
  • A Drystack Wall to Protect a Fruit Tree

  • TRACK TWELVE – BEE TRACK  See design thread HERE
  • Build a Few Hives
  • Build a Swarm Trap
  • Extract Honey
  • Log Beehive Shelter
  • Build a Log Style Beehive
  • & More!

  • Daily Schedule

    7:00am – breakfast
    8:00am – summary of the day
    8:30am – session 1
    10:00am – session 2
    noon – lunch
    1:00pm – session 3
    3:00pm – session 4
    5:00pm – cleanup
    6:00pm – dinner
    7:00pm – evening presentations
    9:30pm to 6:00am – quiet time


    Chris McClellan -- Instructor:
    Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in the wilds of northeast Ohio. Between building things out of mud and junk he writes for Mother Earth News Magazine and teaches simple DIY skills at workshops and fairs.

    Alan Booker -- Instructor
    Alan Booker is the founder and executive director of the Institute of Integrated Regenerative Design, which trains professional design practitioners to create systems that are ecosystemic, biocompatible, and regenerative. With over 30 years experience in engineering and 20 years in sustainable design, Alan is the author of multiple books. In addition to teaching PDCs, he also provides consulting and workshops on earthworks, soil remediation, composting, forest gardening, holistic management of pastureland, keyline design, aquaculture and aquaponics, off-grid energy systems, and natural building systems.

    Paul Wheaton -- Host/Instructor
    Paul Wheaton, The Duke of Permaculture, is an author, producer, and certified advanced master gardener. He has created hundreds of youtube videos, hundreds of podcasts, multiple DVDs, and written dozens of articles and a book. As the lead mad scientist at Wheaton Labs, he's conducted experiments resulting in rocket stoves and ovens, massive earthworks, solar dehydrators and much more.

    Lisa Orr -- Instructor
    Lisa Orr is a potter in Massachusetts working to create a Permaculture Pottery Paradise on her property with winter warmth supplied by two rocket mass heaters.  She is determined to create and refine a rocket kiln and spread the gospel of smokeless + low wood pottery firing throughout the land. Her pottery pieces promote ideas of nutrient cycling and other permaculture values. lisaorr.com

    Opalyn Rose -- Instructor
    Opalyn Rose has been exploring a truly raw-material life while stewarding land and community in south-central Washington. Opalyn tends the sheep and the forest, transforming a fleece or a tree into not only yarn and lumber but clothing and snowmen too.  She brings her love of that transformation to the classroom sharing her skills while helping you develop yours.

    Austin Durant -- Instructor
    Austin Durant has been playing with his food his whole life, and fermenting it for over ten years. In 2011, he created Fermenters Club with a mission: To improve people’s lives by teaching them why and how to make and enjoy fermented foods; and to create communities that are connected through their guts. He teaches classes (online courses and hands-on workshops) on many fermented food traditions such as sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, kombucha, miso, as well as seasonal specialties. He writes and shares recipes, videos and other fermentation adventures on his blog, fermentersclub.com. An otherwise permie newbie, Austin tends to his small garden in zone 10a, urban/coastal San Diego, California and is greatly looking forward to attending his first PDC and instructing at the PTJ at the Lab this year!

    James Juczak -- Instructor
    He has had numerous articles published; his book "The High Art and Subtle Science of Scrounging, 2nd ed." is currently available and he is presently writing several other books. He has been dubbed "The King of Scrounge". Jim has taught energy, solar certification and electronics as an adjunct professor at three colleges. He has also worked as a Community Energy Educator in 10 northern New York counties. He also brought skills to Kandahar, Afghanistan where he worked as a civilian contractor with the US Army's 10th Mountain Brigade teaching appropriate technologies to the US and Afghan armies as well as the local civilian population. Jim lives with his wife, Krista, in their round, cordwood and papercrete home on the property where they have established an off-grid intentional community. He is an EMT and an adjunct professor at SUNY Jefferson where he teaches the NABCEP Solar Installers course.

    Michael Otten -- Instructor
    Michael Otten (Stoic the Dirt Hippy) is a traveling sustainable developer with a passion for earthen building and passive solar design.

    Samantha Lewis-- Instructor
    Samantha grew up weaving and doing needle work with her mother and grandmother. After high school she bought 60 acres of Washington forest land and built an off grid homestead. She attended Wilderness Awareness School and taught youth programs there for many years. She apprenticed with educator, author, artist Heidi Bohan, learning baskets and medicinal and traditional uses of plants. She likes to make her own clothes and grow her own food, living the permaculture dream on 5000 acres of Washington prairie land where she raises Finn sheep and other animals.

    Beau Davidson-- Instructor
    Beau is an audio engineer and music producer, and natural building contractor and consultant. Currently Beau resides on his multi-generational family farm in South Central Kansas, where he makes innovative, ecologically-contextualized structures, landscapes, and spaces out of the physical materials at hand. Currently they have an ecological research initiative to tend the borderland between philosophy and practice of resource-stewardship, creativity, and whole-living.-- Instructor[/b]

    Jacob Wustner-- Instructor
    Jacob Wustner is a second generation beekeeper born and raised in Missoula, MT.  After graduating from Northland College in 2008 with a degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on public policy, he moved back to Montana.  During and after college, Jacob worked in the family business, eventually starting his own.  His passion for agriculture and beekeeping has grown and he has been involved in a few different beekeeping operations. Spending more than 10 seasons in California almond pollination, his experience with honey bees and commercial agriculture has driven him to seek new ways of beekeeping and growing food.

    2021 Participants!


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